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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing
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Tour snapshot
See NYC from a different perspective—the sky—during this helicopter tour 
Duration:
17–20 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    17–20 minutes
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    6
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Avoid the congestion of New York City down on the ground, and take to the sky to see Manhattan during this NYC helicopter tour. Catch sight of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, George Washington Bridge, and many other top attractions without standing in line or sitting in traffic.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 17-20 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Listen to live commentary from your pilot as you fly
  • Multiple tour times to work around your busy schedule 
  • No surprises—the price includes facility and fuel fees
What to expect
For your New York City helicopter tour meet at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. Check in and board your helicopter for a flight over the city. All facility and fuel fees are included on this tour, so there are no surprises at the heliport. During the flight, see most of New York City’s main attractions, from the Statue of Liberty to Yankee Stadium. Some of the most popular sights on the tour include One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Central Park, and George Washington Bridge. Your pilot tells stories about the city and its history as you fly. Keep your camera handy to snap great pictures from the air. Your tour ends back at the heliport.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 17-20 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Listen to live commentary from your pilot as you fly
  • Multiple tour times to work around your busy schedule 
  • No surprises—the price includes facility and fuel fees
What to expect
For your New York City helicopter tour meet at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. Check in and board your helicopter for a flight over the city. All facility and fuel fees are included on this tour, so there are no surprises at the heliport. During the flight, see most of New York City’s main attractions, from the Statue of Liberty to Yankee Stadium. Some of the most popular sights on the tour include One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Central Park, and George Washington Bridge. Your pilot tells stories about the city and its history as you fly. Keep your camera handy to snap great pictures from the air. Your tour ends back at the heliport.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 18421P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
  • Live commentary on board, Floor to ceiling windows, Climate controlled cabin
  • Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
17–20 minutes
Departure details
  • HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport, 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.
Additional information
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will not be able to attend
  • A current valid government issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
  • Live commentary on board, Floor to ceiling windows, Climate controlled cabin
  • Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport, 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.
Duration
17–20 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will not be able to attend
  • A current valid government issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun. 20, 2020
A note from New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing
We will demonstrate how life preservers are worn and you will put your own life preserver on. You will place your own belongings into complimentary lockers. Headsets will be provided without microphones and will be disinfected between flights. You will have the option to use disposable earplugs.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport
    6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA
    The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Brooklyn Bridge
    Statue of Liberty
    Chrysler Building
    Empire State Building
    Ellis Island
    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    Central Park
    Yankee Stadium
    Rockefeller Center
    George Washington Bridge
    Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
    Columbia University
    Brookfield Place
    Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex
    HeliNY
    Palisades Interstate Park
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    One World Trade Center
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Charlotte L
Southampton, UK164 contributions
Mar. 2022
We consdiered booking a helicopter tour of NYC before our visit but decided against it as we weren't sure about the weather and with COVID, whether we'd even make it to the USA.

We saw HeliNY advertised in a leaflet in our hotel, and with the amount of helicopter flight services there are in NYC we decided to go with them.

Booking online was super easy, and were able to book in only 2 days in advance. We could fill most of our check in details in beforehand so once we arrived at the helipad it was a really easy experience.

The actual flight in the helicopter was nothing short of incredible! We had a clear blue sky day and the views were amazing. Having never done a helicopter ride before I wasn't sure what to expect, but this surpassed expectations!

The only thing I would say is that we felt a little rushed before boarding the flight and that no-one was really around to talk to and ask questions of. For example, I wanted to know whether I should wear my coat up there or not; and what I should take up with me. I ended up seeing other people arrive back and follow their lead, rather than get this information from HeliNY. And when we boarded the helicopter I was separated from my partner as I was lucky enough to be given the front seat. But it would have been nice to have been told this while in the building so we knew what was happening when outside and it was very noisy. Hence my rating of 4 stars overall.

That being said, these were very small things and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend HeliNY to others. The experience was awesome!
Written March 17, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dalia G
4 contributions
Apr. 2022
I took the "Ultimate tour." It was 17-20min long and went so smoothly! Check-in took maybe 15min, and we had to wait and watch a safety video. I was a single rider, which is what allowed me to sit next to the pilot. Normally, the lightest passenger (they ask your weight) will sit next to the pilot. There's that seat, 2 facing backwards, then 3 facing forwards in the last row. The pilot pointed out major landmarks and flew really smoothly :) I highly recommend this tour to anyone, as long as you don't have a fear of heights and do ok with minor turbulence.
Written April 24, 2022
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Virginia Duarte
1 contribution
Mar. 2022 • Couples
The experience since we arrived until we left was amazing. We were treated super nice by all the staff members. We had lockers where to leave our stuff, explanations in video and in real life by the employees. Im afraid of heights and, honestly I felt confortable even if my seat was next to the window. The trip itself was 15min but it was pretty good, the pilot gave us some cool explanations around and the flight was as quiet as it could be. They also take pics outside of the helicopter which you can buy after the trip. If I come back to NYC I’d choose them again and of course I will recommend it to all my friends who come to the city.
Thank you!
Written April 1, 2022
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Michelle P
Loughborough, UK7 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
Really disappointing flight. Only 13mins, when paid for 17-20 mins!! Didn’t cover all the hotspots I paid for as was informed the night before they had a flight path change but it wouldn’t compromise flight time . Well it did. I was totally underwhelmed and quite frankly felt ripped off ! We were a family of four and it cost nearly 900 pounds. Huge amount . I did complain at the end and to be fair they did offer for us to fly again. What was the point in that we wouldn’t have covered what we wanted . So time your flights people and check your hotspots you were thinking you would see .
Written April 10, 2022
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ChelseaPS
Coventry, UK7 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
We did this for as a surprise for my Mums 60th Birthday. All staff were amazing and could not of done any more to make my mum feel special. They made sure they took lots of photos of us in front of the helicopter on our own personal phones. They wanted her up the front with the pilot however, there was a single man there so he had to go in the front. No big deal as my mum would prefer to share her experience all next to her two daughters. The tour itself was amazing and you won’t find close up views of the city like it. Our pilot was very informative and was polite and talked to us about the city throughout. Take off and landing was smooth and for our first heli ride felt very safe and smooth throughout. At the end the staff made an effort to bring my mum back to the helicopter and allow her to sit in the cockpit and have photos taken on our personal phone which was a lovely touch. Thank you to all at HeliNY for making this experience one to remember, it’s the little touches as well as the actual activity that make it!
Written January 12, 2022
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Alen G
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Solo
Very short trip 15 min from departure to landing, I bought “ The Ultimate” package by paying more but there wasn’t any difference. I end up paying $280, they even Didn’t allow me to take a pic with the helicopter.
They took one low quality pic me standing beside the helicopter and would charge $45 to give you a copy!
Written January 14, 2022
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Laila L
Our Ultimate tour is advertised at a variable duration of 17-20 minutes. This includes the moment the helicopter leaves the ground until it lands at the helipad. You see more sights on the Ultimate, than you do on a shorter flight. Due to safety concerns of the landlords at the heliport, passengers are not permitted to take pictures walking to and from the helicopter. We pose passengers in front of the helicopter for a photo that can be purchased after the flight. Our prices are on par with other sightseeing venues in NYC.
Written January 21, 2022
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Justus G
1 contribution
Dec. 2021 • Solo
The tour in itself was simply amazing! Very smooth starting and landing. And the view was breathtaking. It was my first time flying a helicopter and I‘ll have to do it again because the experience and feeling was that amazing.
But it was kind of a rip of that they take a couple of pictures of you in front of the helicopter and for 40$ you can get the digital version of JUST ONE of the pictures…
Written December 20, 2021
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Laila L
We're happy to hear that you had an amazing experience flying with us! Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry you feel our picture pricing is expensive, but our rates are competitively priced for attractions in NYC.
Written December 24, 2021
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Lennert A
1 contribution
Feb. 2020 • Friends
Booked the Ultimate tour a few months up front which was a very easy procedure. The day of the flight was cloudy but still very good weather an visibility was top notch. The flight itself was performed by a very friendly and knowledgeable pilot. Overall an excellent experience and definitely recommend taking such a tour!
Written February 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review lennerta2020! Some people even prefer to fly with some clouds in the sky to capture a dramatic NYC skyline! We're happy to hear your pilot gave you an excellent experience!
Written February 6, 2020
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dirk v
4 contributions
Jan. 2022
We had an excellent experience! Due to bad weatherforcast, we asked te reschedule, which was no problem at all.
The welcome was friendly and after a short safetymovie, we were ready to go. Friendly pilot too, who gave some explaining. There is so much to see that it is probably better to know the city already because then it's easyer to recognize the highlights already (that's what we did).
We took a private ultimate tour (because we're 5), although the heli had only place for 5 guests so that was a bit sour... One tip: in the helicopter it is extremely warm so jackets and scarves are totally unnecessary ;-)
Thanks to the team!
Written January 9, 2022
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traci j
London4 contributions
Aug. 2021
Great experience. Great location. Very efficient process!
This whole experience was great from start to finish. It was a present for my 16 year old nephew’s birthday. They checked our temperatures outside, made sure we were wearing a mask. Took us inside, I signed a straightforward release. They put packed life vest around our wais, we sat down for maybe 5 minutes and then they called us up to line up. Our tour was to be at 10am (they asked us to get there at 930) and we were in a helicopter by 950. The helicopter was excellent. We had 5 people total and every person had a window seat with their configuration style. They driver was knowledgeable and friendly. We booked a 20 minute tour and saw all of Manhattan!
Written August 8, 2021
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Bronwyn H
Thank you for such a detailed review of your experience flying with us! We're thrilled you and your nephew had a great experience for his birthday!
Written August 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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